Chicora’s Poetry Cafe

Chicora School of Communications is pleased to highlight it’s successful new event—Poetry Cafe. Students sign-up to read poems during their lunch time.

Every other Friday you can see magic happen at Chicora School of Communications, as the school transforms its cafeteria into a Poetry Café. Jazz music can be heard playing in the background and a hush fills the room as students take turns coming up to the microphone to read poems.

Chicora’s Poetry Café began as a way to enhance literacy, writing and public speaking for the students beyond the classroom.  First grade teacher, Ms. Jefferson says what she likes about the Poetry Café is “It gives me another opportunity to observe student reading levels, and the students are filled with such pride when they are able to master their poem. They love to share what they can read.”

The program was originally planned to occur once a month but due to student demand it is now offered on the first and third Friday of every month.  On February 5th, over 100 students had signed up to read a poem. Fifth grader Diamanti Huggins says “I love poetry. Sometimes I get nervous but…I read [my poem] anyway.” Malik Wright, another 5th grader adds, “…You go up and everyone listens to you.”

Since the Poetry Café started there has been a steady increase in the number of students who share poems they have written themselves.  In order to recognize these young poets the school showcases all original poems in Chicora’s online writing gallery which can be viewed at:  http://galleryofwriting.org/galleries/gallery_pieces.php?galleryid=1854262

Contact:

Katy Simison
Magnet Coordinator
Chicora Elementary School of Communications
1912 Success Street
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: (843) 746-2210
www.ccsdschools.com

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